Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2010) – The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) issued the following statement about PhRMA’s nominees for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Board:
“The recently enacted health care reform law created a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and accompanying board of directors tasked with improving patient care in the U.S. by advancing a patient-focused comparative effectiveness research agenda. Three of the 21 seats on the PCORI board were dedicated to innovative companies representing the biopharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device sectors, which all share the common mission of helping patients win their battles against disease.
“PhRMA recently sent the Government Accountability Office (GAO) our list of four highly qualified nominees to serve on the PCORI board: Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, Pfizer; Joshua J. Ofman, MD, MSHS, Amgen; Michael Rosenblatt, MD, Merck & Co; and Ellen Strahlman, MD, MHSc, GlaxoSmithKline.
“All four candidates not only have advanced medical degrees, they also have extensive backgrounds in clinical research and public health. Such experience allows them to bring to the table valuable scientific, clinical, policy and research expertise as they work to support the Institute’s goals.
“As we stated in our letter to the GAO, all of the candidates can serve as effective, constructive representatives of the biopharmaceutical sector – a truly innovative sector dedicated to the research and development of life-enhancing and life-saving medicines – as they join other board members in advancing an objective, high-quality, patient-centered program of comparative effectiveness research. What’s more, each candidate has a strong commitment to the success of the Institute because each believes that a sustained program for patient-centered outcomes research holds great potential for improving patient care in the U.S.”
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